ORU's Burns claims #SummitMBB weekly honor

ORU senior Deondre Burns earned the first #SummitMBB weekly award of his career after leading Golden Eagles to back-to-back wins.
ORU senior Deondre Burns earned the first #SummitMBB weekly award of his career after leading Golden Eagles to back-to-back wins.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oral Roberts grad transfer Deondre Burns claimed the latest #SummitMBB Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday. Burns was instrumental in pulling the Golden Eagles even in Summit League play after an 0-2 start, averaging 20.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 5.0 apg in wins over previously unbeaten North Dakota State and North Dakota last week.

In the Golden Eagles' 79-73 victory over the Bison, Burns hit the go-ahead free throws with 1:43 to play, then sealed the win with three more down the stretch. He finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and equaled his season-high with nine rebounds – three of which came in the closing stretch.

Burns added 19 points, a season-high nine assists and two steals in an 88-73 win over North Dakota. The nine assists were the most by a player in a league game so far this season. The Yazoo City, Miss., native also went 7-for-13 from the field and 4-for-5 from the charity stripe against the Fighting Hawks.

In the two victories, Burns shot 60 percent from the field and distributed 10 assists while committing just one turnover.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Deondre Burns, Oral Roberts 
Sr. | G | Yazoo City, Miss.

  • Averaged 20.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, and 5.0 apg during 2-0 week for the Golden Eagles
  • Posted fifth 20-plus point game of the season in the win over NDSU
  • Nine assists in the win over UND were most by a player in a league game this season
  • This is the first career Summit League weekly honor for Burns

Also nominated: Stanley Umude, South Dakota; Vinnie Shahid, North Dakota State; Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State; K.J. Robinson, Omaha; Jase Townsend, Denver; Jarred Godfrey, Purdue Fort Wayne; Marlon Stewart, North Dakota; Ben Pyle, Western Illinois.

2019-20 Men's Basketball Players of the Week
November 11
Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State
November 18
Tyler Hagedorn, South Dakota
November 25
J.T. Gibson, Omaha
December 2
Jarred Godfrey, Purdue Fort Wayne
December 9
Rocky Kreuser, North Dakota State
December 16
Vinnie Shahid, North Dakota State
December 23
Marlon Stewart, North Dakota
December 30
Matt Pile, Omaha
Zion Young, Western Illinois
January 6
Marlon Stewart, North Dakota
January 13
Deondre Burns, Oral Roberts

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